Spring into this season’s festivities downunder

There are some great upcoming festivals happening around the traps this spring. You are spoilt for choice. Here are five you don’t want to miss from around the country.

Wine. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

1. Spring Whites and Earthly Delights wine festival, South Australia

What: Wine tasting around the Adelaide Hills region.
When: Friday October 28 to Sunday October 30 2011.
Where: Over 20 cellar doors throughout the beautiful Adelaide Hills Wine Region
Cost: Free entry at the central market and cellar doors over the weekend
More Information: www.adelaidehillswine.com.au

2. Tastes at the Bay Food and Wine Festival, NSW
What: Fine food, stalls and music in the pretty marina and surrounding restaurants.
When: 5-6 November
Where: Nelson Bay, New South Wales
Cost: Various
More information: www.tastesatthebay.com.au

4. Melbourne Cup, Victoria
What: Billed as the race that stops the nation, this event is not just heralded in Melbourne but across the country. Don a frock, a hat and lay your punt with friends and enjoy the fun. It’s an Aussie tradition.
When: 29 October – 5 Nov
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Cost: Adults $74, free on TV
More information: www.melbournecup.com

Mooloolabah Triathlon. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

2. Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, Queensland
What: One of the world’s premier triathlons with plenty of other associated sport events such as ocean swimming and duathlon. A great week of activities in one of Queensland’s nicest beach resorts even if you don’t want to don your shoes, bike or swimmers.
When: 26-30 October
Where: Noosa, Queensland
Cost: Free to watch, paid events
More information: www.usmevents.com.au

5. Melbourne International Arts Festival, Victoria
What: theatre, dance, music, opera, visual arts and multimedia.
When: 6-22 October
Where: Around Melbourne city including Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens, Fitzroy theatres, Southbank’s Arts Centre and Federation Square
Cost: Various
More Information: www.melbournefestival.com.au

Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

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